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Women Beware Women is a Jacobean tragedy written by Thomas Middleton, and first published in 1657. For modern critics, Women Beware Women has regularly been paired with The Changeling as constituting Middleton's two noteworthy late achievements in the genre of tragedy - though Women Beware has usually been judged the lesser of the two works. The bloody masque that concludes the play has been called by Dorothy M. Farr a "ridiculous holocaust." With growing critical attention over the...
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Richard Le Gallienne was an English poet and critic, who, although unfamiliar with the Persian language, had a profound interest in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. In 1897 he published a collection of 211 quatrains, which was based on earlier English translations, in particular the prose version by Justin Huntly McCarthy. A expanded edition with fifty additional quatrains was published in 1901 and is presented here. For ease of navigation the quatrains have been numbered.
Topics: Rubaiyat, Khayyam, Omar, poetry, Persian, quatrain, Islam, Sufi, wine
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THE GOSPEL OF (ACCORDING TO) THOMAS by Didymus Jude Thomas ca. A.D.75-100. Translated by Wim van den Dungen, Antwerp, 1997. Text copyright Wim van den Dungen, Antwerp, 2014. Recording by Denis Daly for Voices of Today with the kind permission of the translator. This recording may be distributed freely for non-commercial purposes. Vocal production copyright Voices of Today 2014 Note by translator: The present English translation has been inspired by the work of Doresse (1959, 1986), Robinson...
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Topics: Christ, Jesus, Thomas, Gospel, Christianity, apochrypha, Jesus, Thomas, Gospel, Christianity,...
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Harriet Monroe (1860 â 1936) was an American editor, scholar, literary critic, poet and patron of the arts. She is best known as the founding publisher and long-time editor of Poetry magazine, which made its debut in 1912. As a supporter of the poets Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, H. D., T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and others, she played an important role in the development of modern poetry. (Wikipedia) The October 1916 edition of Poetry magazine featured the...
Topics: grotesques, poetry, drama, Chicago, Cloyd Head
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The Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour Now first completely done into English verse from the Persian, in accordance with the original forms, with a biographical and critical introduction, by John Payne,  author of  “The  Masque of Shadows and Other Poems, and translator of "The Book of the Thousand and One Nights. London 1898 Printed for the Villon Society  By private subscription and for private circulation only.
Topics: Rubaiyat, Omar Khayyam, Payne, quatrain, Sufi, Persia
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The Rubaiyat of  Omar Khayyam Ruel William Whitney (1836 - 1930) was one of the many American scholars who became interested in the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam following the publication of the translation by Edward Fitzgerald.  His version, which contains 101 quatrains  was first published by The Imperial Press, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1903.  The title page reads as follows: Omar Khayyam The Rubaiyat Newly paraphrased by   Ruel William Whitney With slight foreword By C.C.M. Jnr
Topics: rubaiyat, omar, khayyam, quatrains
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Quatrains from Omar Khayyám Done into English verse by Edwin Kendall Cutter (1872 - 1907).  Washington, 1900.
Topics: quatrain, Omar, Khayyam, Cutter, poetry, translation, Persian, wine
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A Selection from Rio Grande's Last Race and Other Poems by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson Narrated by Denis Daly 1.With the Cattle 2.A Disqualified Jockey's Story 3.Song of the Federation 4.The Old Timer’s Steeplechase 5.In the Stable 6.Jock 7.The Pearl Diver 8.The City of Dreadful Thirst 9.Saltbush Bill's Gamecock This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an...
Topics: Banjo Paterson, poetry, Australia
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With Bat and Ball Twenty-Five Years' Reminiscences Of  A ustralian and Anglo-Australian Cricket By George Giffen With hints to young cricketers on batting, bowling and fielding. London Ward, Lock & Co Melbourne & New York 1898
Topics: Cricket, Giffen, Australia, M.C.C.
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A Boy’s Will By Robert Frost Presented by Voices of Today This book of thirty-two short poems is the first collection of poems published by Robert Frost and first appeared in 1913.    It was followed shortly afterwards by further collections North of Boston (1914) and Mountain Interval (1916.) The book was dedicated to Frost’s wife. Featuring the voices of Ben Stevens, John Burlinson, Amanda Friday, Olivia Sundeen, LuAnn Drexler, Sarah Bacaller, Peter Tucker, Marty Krz, Chyanne Donnell,...
Topics: Poetry, Frost, verse
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The Secret of Success By William Walker Atkinson William Walker Atkinson was one of the pioneers of the New Thought movement, the philosophy of which underlies many of the ventures in the self-help industry of today.  He was extremely prolific, producing over a hundred books on a variety of subjects, including religion, the occult, concentration, memory and healing. In the introduction he writes: “In the measure that we express and unfold the powers of our individuality so are we great,...
Topics: New Thought, Atkinson, Self Help
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The Song of Solomon Presented by Voices of Today This book of the King James Version has been read allegorically as a depiction of the relationship between Christ and the Church. Cast The Shulamite – Erin Louttit The Beloved – Peter Tucker The Daughters of Jerusalem – Linda Barrans Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author. For further information about Voices of Today, or to explore its catalogue...
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Pallinghurst Barrow By Grant Allen Narrated by Erin Louttit Every year on Michael’s night Pallinghurst Barrow burneth bright. So runs the rhyme about the Old Long Barrow on Pallinghurst Common. But Rudolph Reeve is about to find out just how much truth there can be in a folk tradition, and what he learns may be more frightening and dangerous than he imagined. Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author....
Topics: horror, ghosts, Michaelmas, prehistory
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A Family Affair From Collected Short Stories – Volume 2 by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt    In this grim tale  de Maupassant explores the issues of death and grief in a highly dysfunctional Parisian family.  This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. The recording of the complete collection can be purchased at...
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Omar Khayyám: some verses and an introduction.  By W.E.B. Whittaker and Rex Löwenberg.  Chester, Phillipson & Golder, 1907. This edition has 53 quatrains, printed on one side of the leaf only, and is limited to six sets.  There is a dedication "À deux amies. F. et M."
Topics: Omar, Khayyam, quatrains, Rubaiyat, Persian, poetry
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The Battle of Jutland by  John Buchan Narrated by Denis Daly John Buchan is probably best known today for his patriotic adventures featuring fictional spy and war hero, Richard Hannay.  As well as being a prolific author of fiction and historical works,  Buchan was also a partner in the publishing firm, Nelson.  During the war he wrote the following piece of jingoistic propaganda about the Battle of  Jutland, which was probably the most significant naval engagement between the Allies and...
Topics: History, World War 1, John Buchan, Jultand, naval batlle
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The Quatrains of Abu'l Ala Selected from his "Lozum-ma-la- Yalzam" and "Sact- Uz-Zind" and now first rendered into English By Ameen F. Rihani London Grant Richards 1904
Topics: Persia, poetry, quatrain
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THE OLD SHIPS by JAMES ELROY FLECKER James Elroy Flecker died in Switzerland on the 3rd of January, 1915, aged 30. His principal volumes of poetry were "The Bridge of Fire" (1907), "Forty-Two Poems" (1911) and "The Golden Journey to Samarkand" (1913). The following pages contain most of the poems written during the last two years of his life, arranged approximately in chronological order. Several of them have appeared in periodicals; others are here printed for the...
Topics: poetry, flecker, World War I, 1915
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Childe Waters This traditional ballad tells the story of the lovers Childe Waters and Burd Ellen. Their tale has inspired others, including the Victorian painter William Lindsay Windus. Cast Narrator - Arielle Lipshaw Burd Ellen - Erin Louttit  Childe Waters - Denis Daly Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author. For further information about Voices of Today, or to explore its catalogue please visit ...
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The Nut-Brown Maid The Cornish author, critic and anthologist Arthur Quiller-Couch is perhaps best known for editing The Oxford Book of English Verse, but he also compiled other volumes of English literature. This poem, taken from The Oxford Book of Ballads, tells the tale of the nut-brown maid and the outlaw she loves. Cast The Banished Man - Denis Daly The Nut-brown Maid - Erin Louttit Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today...
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THE LAMENT OF BABA TAHIR BEING THE RUBA'IYAT OF BABA TAHIR, HAMADANI (URYAN) THE PERSIAN TEXT EDITED, ANNOTATED AND TRANSLATED BY EDWARD HERON-ALLEN AND RENDERED INTO ENGLISH VERSE  BY ELIZABETH CURTIS BRENTON Narrated by Denis Daly Baba Tahir,  also known as Uryan was one of the most eminent mystics of his era. He was one of the earliest of the Shaikhs, and lived under the Daylemite dynasty. He flourished about 1019 and died before 'Unsuri, Firdawsi, or any of their contemporaries became...
Topics: Baba Tahir, Rubaiyat, Persia, poetry, quatrain
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The Peterloo Massacre 1819: A Bicentenary Collection Presented by Voices of Today. This is the story of the Peterloo Massacre, told in the words of Francis A. Bruton, Harriet Martineau, Mrs. Isabella Banks and several observers who were present on the day, including Samuel Bamford, Archibald Prentice, John Benjamin Smith and Bishop Edward Stanley.  On 16 August 1819, 60,000 workers and their families marched to St Peter’s Field, Manchester, to join a public meeting in support of...
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Five Poems by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Denis Daly 1) Ave Imperatrix 2) Fabien Dei Franchi – to my friend Henry Irving 3) Sonnet – On Hearing the Dies Irae sung in the Sistine Chapel 4) Ave Maria Gratia Plena 5) Libertatis Sacra Fames This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore...
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Death and the Devil A Dance of Death in three scenes By Frank Wedekind Translated by Samuel A. Eliot and Denis Daly This play forms part of a collection of four which focuses on one of Wedekind's obsessive themes: the destructive interplay between primal sexual urges and social convention.  Each play revolves around a powerful young female character,  who has the power to control and captivate men, but who in turn is destroyed by the exercise of that power: Play - Character Earth Spirit -...
Topics: Play, Wedekind, Expressionism, Lulu
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The Diamond Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt    In the sardonic view of Guy de Maupassant, diamonds are not always a girl's best friend, as illustrated in this bitter-sweet story of the conflict between market value and moral values. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of...
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A Selection from Three Sunsets and Other Poems By Lewis Carroll Narrated by Denis Daly While he is most famous for his imaginative children’s fiction, Lewis Carroll also wrote some poetry on serious subjects.  While it now appears rather dated,  Carroll’s verse is composed with a self-effacing skill which raises it above the conventionality of Victorian sentimentality. Many of the poems in this collection came from Phantasmagoria and other Poems, which Carroll published in 1869. “The...
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin By Robert Browning Narrated by Alan Weyman Rats!  They fought the dogs and killed the cats,  And bit the babies in the cradles,  And ate the cheeses out of the vats,  And licked the soup from the cooks’ own ladles,  Split open the kegs of salted sprats,  Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats,  And even spoiled the women’s chats  By drowning their speaking  With shrieking and squeaking  In fifty different sharps and flats. This recording may be freely...
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The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade From The Raven Edition of the works of Edgar Allan Poe – Volume Two Narrated by Cate Barratt and Denis Daly    In Poe’s mocking epilogue to the Thousand and One Nights,  all does not end happily. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. The recording of the complete collection can be...
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Songs from the Mountains – A selection By Henry Kendall Narrated by Denis Daly This was the final collection of verse by Australian poet Henry Kendall and was first published in 1880. 1 - Black Lizzie    2 - Cooranbean    3 - Peter the Piccaninny    4 - The Sydney International Exhibition    5 - On a Spanish Cathedral    6 - The Melbourne International Exhibition    7 - A Hyde Park Larrikin   8- Leichhardt    This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as...
Topics: Poetry, Australia, Kendall
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Tristram and Iseult A dramatic poem By Matthew Arnold There were two Iseults who did sway Each her hour of Tristram's day! But one possess'd his waning time, The other his resplendent prime. Behold her here, the patient flower. Who possess'd his darker hour! Iseult of the Snow-White Hand Watches pale by Tristram's bed. She is here who had his gloom, Where are thou who hadst his bloom? One such kiss as those of yore Might thy dying knight restore! Does the love-draught work no more? Cast...
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The Wreck of the Deutschland By Gerard Manley Hopkins To the happy memory of five Franciscan Nuns, exiles by the Falk Laws, drowned between midnight and morning of Dec. 7th, 1875 Narrated by Denis Daly If Franz Kafka is the ultimate literary representative of alienation, Gerard Manley Hopkins could be said to represent the acme of personal disaffection.    Oppressed by a sense of the futility of his own intellectual brilliance and suffering the torments of suppression of his latent...
Topics: Poetry, Deutschland, Hopkins, Falk Laws
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The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Perfomed by Alan Weyman Here is Coleridge’s first version of the Ancyent Marinere, published in 1798 in the first edition of his and Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. Several revisions during nearly twenty years eventually shaped the version with which we are familiar today.  This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or...
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Oscar Wilde An Idler's Impression By Edgar Saltus Narrated by Denis Daly Edgar Saltus (1855 – 1921) was an American writer,  whose extensive output includes biographies, novels, and works on philosophy and history. This brief and affectionate tribute to Oscar Wilde was published in 1917. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For...
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Two Fairy Tales    By Charles Perrault Translated by Robert Samber and J.E.Mansion. Narrated by Denis Daly Little Thumb Donkey Skin Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703) was a French Civil servant, member of the Academy of Sciences and author.  After he lost his post in 1695 he retired to family life and in 1697 published Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals (Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé), better know today as Tales of Mother Goose (Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye).  This seminal...
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The Raven and the King's Daughter By William Morris Performed by Leanne Yau This poem is taken from Morris' collection 'Poems By the Way', which are all various accounts of ill-fated love. A raven and a princess engage in conversation, and she asks him about her true love. Primarily a textile designer, Morris was known throughout his life as a socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, and contributed greatly to the revival of traditional British textile arts and...
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The Scholar Gypsy By Matthew Arnold Narrated by Denis Daly Matthew Arnold, popularly considered the third great Victorian poet after Tennyson and Browning, spent his professional life as an inspector of schools, a respectable occupation which enabled him to lead a comfortable life and provide well for his family.  An able scholar, and something of a bon vivant and racconteur,  Arnold nevertheless preached the virtues of a simple life, close to nature and away from the noise and pretension of...
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald Third Edition - 1872 Narrated by Denis Daly Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling: The Bird of Time has but a little way To flutter—and the Bird is on the Wing. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information...
Topics: Omar, Khayyam, Rubaiyat, poetry, Persia
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The Ballad of Iskander By James Elroy Flecker Narrated by Denis Daly Sultan Iskander sat him down On his golden throne, in his golden crown, And shouted, "Wine and flute-girls three, And the Captain, ho! of my ships at sea." He drank his bowl of wine; he kept The flute-girls dancing till they wept,  Praised and kissed their painted lips, And turned to the Captain of All his Ships And cried, "O Lord of my Ships that go From the Persian Gulf to the Pits of Snow, Inquire for men...
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Quatrains from Omar Khayyám.   Done into English verse by Edwin Kendall Cutter (1876 - 1907) Washington, 1900. Recorded by Algy Pug. This recording was first published by Librivox on 2nd October, 2013
Topics: Omar Khayyam, poetry, quatrain, Persia
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Witchcraft: New Style By Lascelles Abercrombie An amiable witch drops into the local for a drink one evening.  Her claims about her powers are received with polite skepticism by her fellow drinkers, who are in for an uncomfortable surprise. Featuring Denis Daly as the narrator Erin Louttit as the Woman Phil Benson as the First, Second, Third and Fourth Men. Audio edited by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the...
Topics: Poem, witch, magic, drama
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Leaves from Australian Forests  – A selection By Henry Kendall Narrated by Denis Daly This is the second collection of poems by Australian poet Henry Kendall and was first published in 1969. Programme 01 - Dedication    02 - Prefatory Sonnets    03 - The Hut by the Black Swamp    04 - September in Australia    05 - Ghost Glen    06 - The Warrigal    07 - Euroclydon    08 - Araluen    09 - At Euroma    10 - Illa Creek    11 - Moss on a Wall    12 - Campaspe    13 - On...
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The Pool of the Stone God By Abraham Merrit Narrated by Denis Daly This is Professor James Marston's story. A score of learned bodies have courteously heard him tell it, and then among themselves have lamented that so brilliant a man should have such an obsession. Professor Marston told it to me in San Francisco, just before he started to find the island that holds his pool of the stone god and—the wings that guard it. He seemed to me very sane. It is true that the equipment of his expedition...
Topics: Horror, short story, Merritt
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The Quatrains of Abu'l Ala Selected from his "Lozum-ma-la- Yalzam" and "Sact-Uz-Zind" and now first rendered into English By Ameen F. Rihani  Narrated by Denis Daly. Abu al-'Ala' al-Ma'arri (973 - 1057) was an Arab philosopher and poet.  His quatrains  reflect an irreligious rationalism which may be compared with that of Omar Khayyam,   although Abu’l Ala demonstrates a pessimism which is lacking in the work of the more  famous poet. In the words of the translator:...
Topics: Poetry, Rubaiyat. Omar Khayyam, Persia, quatrain, Rihani
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A Burgling Incident By Arthur Morrison Published in the Melbourne Argus.  27th May, 1905. Narrated by Denis Daly    This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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Whipperginny By Robert Graves Narrated by Erin Louttit and Denis Daly This collection of fifty-three poems was written by Robert Graves between 1920 and 1923.  Many of the pieces display a pastoral character and were composed in an effort by the poet to distance himself from the trauma of the First World War.  The title, which is that of the first poem in the collection, refers to an obsolete card card game. Audio edited by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed,...
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Tamerlane and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly and Alexa Sheppard    This collection represents Poe's earliest attempts at writing verse, and was first published in 1827. The young Poe was so bashful about his ilterary ability that the author is described only as "a Bostonian." Contents Introduction Tamerlane Fugitive pieces To - - Dreams Visit of the Dead Evening star Imitation Stanzas A Dream The Happiest Day The Lake In the first and longest poem,  the...
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Kerfol by Edith Wharton Narrated by Denis Daly On the advice of a friend, a man visits a picturesque ruin in Brittany,  long since abandoned by its aristocratic owners.  But is the house really empty? This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: ...
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald Fourth edition (1879) Performed by Denis Daly
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The Larrikin of Diamond Creek From Old Offenders and a few old scores (1923) By E.W Hornung  Narrated by Denis Daly Today the fame of E.W. Hornung rests upon his stories about Raffles, the gentleman burglar.  However, among his works are many other novels, short stories, poetry and reminiscences of the First World War, in which he served and during which his son perished.  During the war, he developed an admiration for the Australian servicemen and an interest in that country.      This...
Topics: Melbourne, Hornung, short story, bushranger
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A Stroll Around Australia By Aidan de Brune As published in The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate, West Australia, 8 & 24 June 1923 Narrated by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: Voices of Today
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Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly Poe composed the first version of Tamerlane in 1827.  However, he subsequently revised and shortened the poem by 172 lines.  This late version,  which is the subject of the present recording, was published in 1845. One his deathbed,  the warrior/prince Tamerlane,  meditates on the course of his life and wonders whether he was wise to opt for the pursuit of power rather than the pursuit of love. This recording may be freely downloaded and...
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Boule de Suif From Collected Short Stories – Volume One by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt   Boule de Suif (dumpling) was originally published in a collection named “Dumpling and Other Stories of the War”, the background of which is the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 – 1871. Published in 1880 it is considered de Maupassant’s first literary masterpiece. In this story a group of ten French travellers are detained at an inn by a Prussian officer.  He is willing to let them...
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The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Denis Daly Not always was the Kangaroo as now we do behold him, but a Different Animal with four short legs. He was grey and he was woolly, and his pride was inordinate.... .. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices...
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A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S.   by Max Beerbohm Narrrated by Alan Weyman   This short essay was  written in 1901 when most of George Bernard Shaw's major work was yet to appear.   Much of the discussion focusses on Cashel Byron's Profession,  first published as a novel in 1882 and remoulded into a play, The Admirable Bashville, in 1901.   However, Beerbohm makes this the basis of a discussion that applies equally well to Shaw's later works. This recording may be freely downloaded and...
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The Sphinx By Oscar Wilde Narrated by Denis Daly First published in 1894 in a limited edition, The Sphinx, which is one of Wilde’s longer poems, evokes images of a ruined and antique past, and has obvious similarities with poems by earlier authors dealing with historical reminisence, like Shelley’s Ozymandias.  Resemblences with Tennyson’s In Memoriam have also been noted.   It may be seen as a lament about the inevitable decline of beauty into a prolonged senescence of useless...
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The Rubaiyat of Hafiz Translated by Syed Abdul Majid Rendered into English verse by L. Cranmer-Byng Narrated by Denis Daly Khwaja Shamsuddin Mohammad, better known as Hafiz, was one of the greatest of classical Persian poets. In the words of Edward Fitzgerald: “Hafiz is the most Persian of the Persians. He is the best representative of their character, whether his Saki and wine be real or mystical. The religion and philosophy of other Persian poets is soon seen through, and always seems to me...
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Chants for Socialists By William Morris William Morris is best known for his fantasy novels and stories and for his influence on book design, particularly with the Kelmscott Press, and his innovative design company Morris & Co. This collection of poetry illustrates his deeply held conviction in socialism as a means of bringing about greater equality and social justice. Narrated by Erin Louttit, Phil Benson and Denis Daly. Audio edited by Erin Louttit. This recording may be freely...
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Performed by Denis Daly Possibly Browning's most famous poetic monologue, this piece is a portrait of a narcissistic aristocratic misogynist.  The speaker has been identified as Alfonso D'Este,  Duke of Ferrara, and the unfortunate lady, Lucrezia, a member of the celebrated Medici family. As with much of Browning's verse, this poem illustrates that a high level of artistic development is not always accompanied by an equivalent level of moral practice. A...
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A Selection from Aesop's Fables Narrated by Jennifer Fournier This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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The Cat That Walked by Himself From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Alan Weyman This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry From Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart Performed by Denis Daly,  Erin Louttit and John Burlinson This snippet of verse is surely one of the most celebrated tributes to felines in all poetic literature.
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The Duke of Gandia A Poetic Drama By Algernon Charles Swinburne Presented by Voices of Today Cesare Borgia is consumed by personal ambition.  Not satisfied with the elevated rank of a cardinal, he asks the Pope – his father – for dispensation from his clerical vows so that he may be proclaimed Duke, and eventually become the de facto ruler of Italy.   The Pope grants his request, but one obstacle still remains – Cesare is not the first born son.  Will he let this accident of birth...
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Nine Sonnets by William Shakespeare Narrated by Denis Daly Sonnets nos 1, 14, 35, 44, 45, 71, 72, 73 and 74. Music April is in my Mistress' Face by Thomas Morley Come Heavy Sleep by John Dowland Performed by John Sayles This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue...
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Al Aaraaf By Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly Al Aaraaf,composed in 1829, is Poe's Longest poem. In the words of the poet: "Its title is "Al Aaraaf" from the Al Aaraaf of the Arabians, a medium between Heaven and Hell where men suffer no punishment, but yet do not attain that tranquil & even happiness which they suppose to be the characteristics of heavenly enjoyment." This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited...
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The Two Voices By Alfred Lord Tennyson Performed by Leanne Yau and Tom Saer This autobiographical poem was originally titled 'Thoughts of a Suicide' in manuscript, after the death of Tennyson's close friend Arthur Henry Hallam in 1833, and was published following a dark age of ten years during which Tennyson published no new works. In the poem, a voice in the speaker's head urges and cajoles the speaker to suicide, with the speaker offering up various arguments against the idea, only for them...
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The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson Narrated by Denis Daly   In January 1749 Samuel Johnson published the “Vanity Human of Wishes, being the Tenth Satire of Juvenal imitated.”   I believe, he composed it the preceding year.  The 'Vanity of Human Wishes' is, in the opinion of the best judges, as high an effort of ethic poetry as any language can show. The instances of variety of disappointment are chosen so judiciously and painted so strongly, that the moment they are read they...
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Macbeth – A Review By Max Beerbohm Narrated by Alan Weyman In 1898, shortly after succeeding George Bernard Shaw as drama critic of the Saturday Review, Beerbohm takes the opportunity in reviewing a production of Macbeth to reflect on Shaw, Shakespeare and Classic Drama. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information...
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Three Poems by John Drinkwater Read by Alan Weyman The Cry  In the Valley The Years These three poems by the English poet and playwright John Drinkwater (1882-1937) come from The Collected Poems Of John Drinkwater, Volume 2, first published in 1923. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today...
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The Sick King in Bokhara A poetic fable by Matthew Arnold Presented by Voices of Today Cast: Hussein: Alan Weyman The Vizier: Marty Krz The King: John Burlinson This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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Pope Leo X by Klemens Loeffler Narrated by Denis Daly This text was taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913. Pope Leo X,  who reigned from 1513 to 1521, was a member of the illustrious Medici family,  which ruled Florence at the turn of the Sixteenth Century.  He is most celebrated as a patron of the arts. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited...
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Brooksmith By Henry James Narrated by Denis Daly Henry James' novella about the decline of a faithful manservant following the death of his master is set in a nostalgia atmosphere of Edwardian gentility.   Although the imperialistic grandeur of the era has long since past, the story still retains its power as portrait of domestic tragedy. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes...
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Burning Bush By John Drinkwater Narrated by Denis Daly John Drinkwater, poet, critic and dramatist was born in 1882 and died in 1937.   Burning Bush, a pastoral elergy for a mother who died while still young,  comes from The Collected Poems Of John Drinkwater, Volume 2, first published in 1923. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form....
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A Dialogue at Fiesole by Alfred Austin Narrated by Leanne Yau and Denis Daly Alfred Austin (1835 – 1913)  was the English poet laureate after Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Included in his voluminous output are three novels, seven plays, critical essays and many collections of verse.  Although his poetry has been derided as an example of late Victorian bathos, definite skill in composition and sincerity are patent in much of his verse, marred though it is by occasional spectacular infelicities....
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Love’s Widowhood By Alfred Austin Narrated by Leanne Yau and Denis Daly Alfred Austin (1835 -1913) was a lawyer, journalist, newspaper editor,  novelist and active representative of the Conservative party, but is best remembered today as the English Poet Laureate who succeeded Alfred Lord Tennyson.  He is considered one of the least distinguished poets to have held that position, and his verse often became the subject of ridicule, especially in his later years when its coy Victorian...
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The Elephant's Child From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Alan Weyman There was once an Elephant—a new Elephant—an Elephant’s Child — who was full of ‘satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. And he lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his ‘satiable curtiosities. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed...
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